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At Monsanto, diversity and inclusion drive business results through two key focus areas. The first is using metrics to effectively communicating the importance of diversity. The second is creating a shared understanding of inclusion and driving that throughout the organization.

The company ensures senior leaders are accountable for diversity through regularly updated dashboards. Monsanto reviews these dashboards with its board of directors twice a year, and with Chairman and CEO Hugh Grant, his direct reports, HR leadership team and the executive D&I council at regular meetings.

Monsanto proactively builds diverse talent pipelines under the guidance of Melissa Harper, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Compliance through strategic sourcing, sponsorship, and skip-level meetings between diverse talent and senior leaders.

Aligning its people processes helps inclusion extend deeper into the culture in tangible ways. For example, leaders at all levels participate in unconscious- bias experiences timed to provide an inclusive lens for talent review, succession planning and performance management.

The company also has a robust mentoring program, with more than 34 percent of U.S. managers participating. The program includes virtual, peer and function-specific mentoring. The entire top two levels of management are signed on as mentors.


Hugh Grant
Chairman and CEO

“A diverse and talented workforce, representative of the farmer customers we serve, is vital to Monsanto’s ability to help nourish our growing world. Embracing a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds is how we build the strong partnerships needed to pursue solutions to the big challenges we all share.”
Melissa Harper
Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion and HR Compliance

“As a company committed to sustainable agriculture, our inclusive culture ensures we provide a great place to work for a globally diverse set of viewpoints and cultures. Diversity helps nurture our innovation and provides a foundation to develop solutions to some of agriculture’s biggest challenges.”


U.S. Headquarters: St. Louis

Global Employees: 22,000

U.S. Employees: 11,000

Last Year’s DiversityInc Top 50 Ranking: No. 46


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